Emeka Offor is no longer a knight of the Church. The Anglican Diocese of Nnewi in Anambra State, which had bestowed the title on him in the 1990s, has since
early this year stripped him of it. Reason? He was found unworthy to be regarded as a worthy member of the Anglican Communion. Among his numerous offences is Offor’s multiple marriage. On January 3, 2014, he publicly married a University of Nigeria dropout in her early 20s named Adaora from his hometown of Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State at a ceremony where P-Square and Flavour, among other top musicians played. The marriage was his 4th.
By 1980, Emeka Offor [pictured above], the controversial Nigerian government contractor and a prominent member of the defeated Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was worse than as poor as a church rat. He was then actually a tramp, a criminal. He had earlier been rusticated from Abbot Boys Secondary School in Ihiala, Anambra State. As a result, he went to the Merchant of Light Secondary School at Oba in today’s Idemmili Local Government Area to write the West African School Certificate (WASC) exam, but immediately became notorious for stealing from the school’s store.
At the same time, his father was demoted from the rank of inspector to sergeant for demanding a hefty bribe from Ignatius Nwabueze, a native of Umudike, Uzoakwa, in Ihiala where Mr Offor was serving. Mr Nwabueze was then the organist at St Martin’s Catholic Church in Ihiala, but was to leave the church following the discovery of his membership of the Rosicrucian Order which the Catholic regards as a secret society; Nwabueze eventually became the head of AMORC in the whole of the South East before he died 10 years ago.
Several unsuccessful attempts were made to rehabilitate Emeka Offor whose real name is Wilson Orakwue Offor. He adopted Emeka, the name of his younger brother who is still alive and healthy, in order to escape from the long arms of the law. Mr Anazodo, a school headmaster at Ihiala, who hailed from Isiji-Ibolo, Oraifite, tried to rescue him, but to no avail. Wilson Orakwue Offor was imprisoned in Owerri, Imo State, in the 1980s for stealing from his employer, Julius Berger, the German construction giant. He was a truck driver with the firm. When he came out of the prison, he stole N200 from his kinsman and ran away to the northern part of the country. There, he acquired training and skills as a 419 master.
He started his exploits of the Nigeria Police with one Bob Ugochukwu, from Isingwu Unodu, Oraifite. Bob Ugochukwu is the son of one Ochonma. Emeka Offor squatted at Bob’s house for many years, in the early nineties (90s). In the late 1990s, he swindled a Romanian and an Italian oil company of so much money running into millions of dollars. At that time, he would visit Oraifite with so much money to throw around. He normally would throw money at Nkwo Edo market junction, with indigent and ignorant villagers scrambling for it. He then fantasized making his father, Benet Offor, the traditional ruler or Igwe of Oraifite but failed on account of the strong Oraifite tradition. He then strove to hijack the Oraifite Improvement Union. It started when Mr. R.A.N Okonkwo was the President General.
In the 1999 general elections in Nigeria, Mr. Emeka Offor officially began his Intimidation and unlawful arrest of Oraifite people, using Nigerian police as a compromised tool. He beat up the Anambra State Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon H.C Nsofor, at St. Michaels polling station in Ezumeri quarters. During the commotion, Offor took away Okolie Malizu, Geoffrey Nwosu, Ejike Nwobu and some of the agents of the Alliance for Democracy at Unodu polling stations (Ukwu Ugolo, Obi Okpunu polling stations) and made away with 51 ballot boxes from Ekwusigo L.G.A.
On January 1st, 2000, Offor came to Nkwo Edo Central School in Oraifite, with a team of mobile police men, to disrupt a football match between the Oraifite youths from the Nnewi and Onitsha branches of the town union. The policemen shot sporadically and intermittently at the crowd, under the instruction of Offor. He collected the football net, destroyed the football by shooting at it, and everyone ran for his dear life. At that time, Mr. Christian Okwumuo was the director of sports at Oraifite. On 22nd November 2002 he stormed the house of Christian Okwumuo, an architect, with a group of policemen, including ASP Anyoku and Mr Abdulahi Magaji, the then Area commander of the Nigerian Police, and looted Mr. Okwumuo’s property which was valued at millions of naira. Offor did this to intimidate him, because Architect Okwumuo refused to join Offor’s Anambra Patriotic Front (APF).
On the 31st of January, 2004, he molested the Umuezopi, Ogbe youths under the guise of a so-called petition signed by Hon. Bim Efobi and Arinze Okoye a patent medicine seller. At that time, CSP Nwokolo was the Divisional Police Officer, a professional officer, at Ozubulu. Emeka Offor later worked to transfer CSP Nwokolo to Ayamelum, the remotest part of Anambra which is not yet developed because of the location and the riverine terrain. He then had his lapdog, Ezekiel Phillips, transferred to our area as the DPO. Mr. Ezekiel Phillips became a hatchet man, brutalizing innocent people, young and old. He arrested 16 members of Oraifite community, including, Mr. Goddy Madueke (Goman), Christian Okwumuo, Robinson Nwofor, Bernie Nwofor, Emeka Nwofor, Echezona Udeaja, Sunday (snake) Anizonwe, Rev. Samuel Efobi, Eberechi Emecheta, Chidi Ezulike, Godwin Uwaezuoke, Abraham C. Akwaeke, Bertrand Dikejiora, Emmanuel Ibezim, Samuel Orajekwe, and Okechukwu Orajekwe. Mr. Goddy Madueke was the President General of the Umuezopi community at that time.
In the same year, he arrested Mr. Anthony Anazodi, Mr. Christian Okwumuo, Mr. Okechukwu Ufoegbunam. He accused them of evoking the spirit of Haba which he claimed defeated him at the Nnewi Magistrate court. He lost that case against these persons, despite bringing his father, their driver named Anasanbala, Victor Udeubaka, Sgt. Benson Godwin and ASP Bello as witnesses.
On August 26th, 2006, during Oraifite Afia Olu festival, Offor used dozens of Policemen to stop the Ezumeri community from partaking in the Afia Olu at St. Michael’s Primary School, Ezumeri. He stormed the school playground with dozens of armed policemen in an attempt to arrest Hon. Chief Chucks Muoma, (Ochiagha), a highly respected Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
In December 2006, Offor arranged to intimidate and beat up Oraifite’s Chief priest, Nwanonenyi Malizu, in his residence at night. The chief priest was attacked because he refused to recant his prayers the priest and those of Ezumeri people at Ngele. The chief priest, an old man, died after that incident, and the whole matter was swept under the carpet by Offor’s police friends.
In July, 2008, Offor pounced on Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor of Umunakwa, Ifite, Oraifite. He used his Nigeria Police guards to arrest and detain Barr Ejiofor”s vigilante escorts over a private grievance.
On December 31st, 2010, Offor went on a rampage, accompanied by from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) led by Mr James Nwafor, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP). Fifty six (56) youths from all the quarters of Oraifite were arrested. They accused them of drinking late into the night and smoking Indian hemp. The youths arrested included Ifeoma Nwonwu from Irefi, Agu Otuokpa Onwuagba from Irefi, Onyebuchi Nzelu from Umuezopi, Ebuka Okonkwo from Umuezopi, Urelu Chukwudi from Ezumeri, Edwin Mba from Ezumeri, Ibe Ejimkonye from Ezumeri, Benji Onyemaibeya from Awor, Emeka Ugoebenaja from Awor and many others from Ibolo and Ifite.
On the night of 29th October, 2012, Offor and his SARS boys led by CSP Nwafor and Sunday Orokpe combed Oraifite Town. They arrested Ik Nwandu, Chiedu Ugochukwu, Obinna Etoniru, and Chigozie (Biggie) Agina. These men all died in the hands of the Nigeria Police. All the extrajudicial killings known in Oraifite history have been traced to Offor.
On December 15th, 2012, he arrested and intimidated members of Ayaka and Ogbanje Masquerade groups for no just cause. He simply branded them cultists. He used the Nigeria Police to arrest Ugochukwu Nnajiofor, Okechukwu Izuchukwu, Samuel Obi, Chiedu Okafor etc. If not for the gallant effort of the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in nearby Nnewi, all of them would have died in detention.
On the 26th of October, 2014, at about 8pm, Emeka Offor and his SARS boys, led by James Nwafor and Sunday Orokpe, arrested 22 youths at a beer parlor at Nkwo Edo, after the youth election. Those arrested were the youths in opposition to the incumbent president. They were arrested in the night. They stormed the house of Jack Demo and arrested his son, Benji Onyemaibe. They also went to the house of Chibueze Nwandu, where they looted his property, including motor bikes. They went to the house of Hon Christian Okwumuo whom Offor had earlier vowed to kill, because he challenged him during the 1999 elections. Emeka and his SARS have arrested Okechukwu Izuchukwu, Ifeanyi Oraelosi, Chuka Oraelosi, Benji Onyemaibeya, Obinna Obi (Powder), Uchechukwu Akanma etc. Among the innocent people he had arrested using the police as his tool is Comrade Bonny Okonkwo, Mr. Eugene Nworah, Nwabunike Obi, Ifeanyi Igboanuzue and many others.
Whenever the police planned to arrest anyone, they will first of all, go to Wilson Orakwue’s house for briefing. The police will also report to his house, after their arrests.
This statement was sent in by Dr Nelson Okafor on behalf of Anaedo Development Forum.
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